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Russian agents apparently engaged in operations to undermine Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz

Hillary Clinton was not the only one to find herself on the wrong side of Russian agents in 2016, according to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Friday indictment of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities in connection with interfering in the presidential election. The Internet Research Agency, a shady entity often referred to as a "Russian troll farm," allegedly supported "the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump and [disparaged] Hillary Clinton," the documents claim.

As it turns out, Republican Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ted Cruz (Texas), who were running for the Republican nomination as well, were apparently also targeted:

Rubio first claimed he was targeted by Russian hackers during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing last spring: "In July 2016, shortly after I announced I'd seek re-election to the U.S. Senate, former members of my presidential campaign team who had access to the internal information of my presidential campaign were targeted by IP addresses with an unknown location within Russia," Rubio said. "That effort was unsuccessful. I do think it's appropriate to divulge this to the committee, since a lot of this has taken a partisan tone."

Ted Cruz's campaign spokesman, Ron Nehring, had also realized something was fishy. "If I had said something critical about Marco Rubio, or John Kasich, or Ben Carson, there was no response on Twitter whatsoever, dead," Nehring told Roll Call in October. "However, if I was critical of Donald Trump, I would get a torrent of negative comments on Twitter."